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'Heat And Light' Digs For The Soul Of Coal Country

2 hours 35 min ago

Jennifer Haigh grew up in small town Pennsylvania, where jobs disappeared when coal mines closed. Her new novel explores the changes that mining — and now fracking — has brought to nearby communities.

To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

5 hours 54 min ago

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.

From 'Once' To 'Sing Street': Director John Carney Infuses Movies With Music

5 hours 54 min ago

The Irish director and screenwriter talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about his new film, which tells the story of a young teenager in 1980s Dublin who discovers pop music and starts a band.

'Where's Warhol?' Is Democratic Art

9 hours 10 min ago

High art is highly entertaining in this grown-up goof on the Where's Waldo? books. Readers hunt down a tiny Andy Warhol against a series of elaborately detailed art and culture-themed backgrounds.

Unquiet Minds Make Absorbing Reading In 'Imagine Me Gone'

12 hours 10 min ago

Adam Haslett's new novel focuses on a family tormented by father-and-son battles with chronic depression and anxiety. He captures the lasting reverberations of suicide with precision and tenderness.

'Neither Snow Nor Rain' Celebrates History Of U.S. Postal Service

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 3:25pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Devin Leonard whose new book, Neither Snow Nor Rain, celebrates the history of the U.S. Postal Service.

'Hamilton' Producers Strike Deal To Share Profits With Original Cast Members

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 3:25pm

The Broadway hit musical, Hamilton, is up for 16 Tony Award nominations, and that's sure to boost its already high profits. In April, the musical's producers struck a deal to share some of its profits with original cast members. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Michael Paulson, a reporter for The New York Times, about what this means for the industry.

Larry Wilmore On 'Breaking Taboos' At The White House Correspondents' Dinner

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 3:04pm

The Nightly Show host discusses his controversial performance at Saturday's event. He tells Fresh Air that his use of the N-word was an artistic decision.

'Hamilton' Nets Record 16 Tony Award Nominations

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 8:58am

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and force behind Hamilton, is nominated for three individual awards, including best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical.

'Tiny Kitchen' Videos Cook Up Real Food In Doll-Sized Portions

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 7:00am

They've fried hard shell tacos, made a gooey pot of queso, even whipped up a batch of rainbow sprinkle-covered donuts. All in a dollhouse kitchen roughly 1/12 the normal size.

'The Chimes' Is A Post-Apocalyptic Hymn To The Power Of Memory

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 6:04am

Violinist and author Anna Smaill's musical training shows through in her debut novel. The Chimes is set in a post-apocalyptic London where a mysterious order controls the population via music.

At Food World 'Oscars,' Category Sneakily Redefines All-American Cuisine

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:49pm

Most James Beard awards go to haute cuisine, but one prize recognizes classic neighborhood joints. And increasingly, the winners are immigrants whose cultures haven't yet dissolved in the melting pot.

Was It Good, Bad, Or Ugly? Takes On Larry Wilmore's Jokes At Correspondents' Dinner

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:30pm

Some say the "Nightly Show" host utterly bombed his routine at Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner. Others say he simply had a different crowd in mind.

'Mick Jagger' Of Auctions Recalls Life In High End Art Trade

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

Simon de Pury has been called both the Mick Jagger and the Peter Pan of auctions. Dealer, collector, curator, schmoozer, his clients include billionaires, rock stars and royalty. He dishes plenty about the art market in his new book, The Auctioneer, and he explains the rise and fall of his own auction house, Phillips de Pury.

'Viva': Seeking A Spot In Havana's Spotlight

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

Viva is a father-son drama from Havana — one of the first from Cuba to be commercially released in the U.S. in decades.

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:15pm

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X join Fresh Air to discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. "[It] didn't matter how old you were."

Misty Copeland Inspires A Barbie 'Sheroes' Doll

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 1:19pm

Misty Copeland says she played with Barbie dolls until she was 13 — the same year she started ballet.

'Touch Tours' Help Blind Experience Philadelphia's Historic Food Scene

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:43pm

A hands-on tour of Philadelphia's historic Italian Market includes time to appreciate the scents and sounds — and opportunities to sample the district's delicious chocolate, cheeses and fresh pastas.

From Tahrir To Tiananmen, 'City Squares' Can't Escape Their History

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 4:06pm

Governments have tried to erase the evidence of some squares' troubled pasts, but that doesn't mean they've been forgotten. A new book gathers writers' thoughts about famous squares around the world.

No Pink, But Plenty of Red, In Hack-N-Slash 'Fairyland'

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 9:00am

Skottie Young's comic may horrify (or delight) the parents of princess-obsessed kids. It's the story of a not-so-little girl who's gone a little violent after 27 years trapped in a sparkly fairyland.

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